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April 25, 2017, in Tanna Schulich Hall

(MONTREAL)—In the week following Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah, the Downwind Quintet, comprising McGill University graduate and undergraduate students, presents “Petr’s Moon,” a powerful recital in memory of the composers, artists, and children who perished in the Holocaust. The quintet performs on April 25, 2017, at 8:00 p.m. in Tanna Schulich Hall, in a dynamic and thought-provoking concert that incorporates narration, poetry, and film projection. Admission is free.

 

The recital features music by composers Pavel Haas and Erwin Schulhoff, both of whom were killed in the concentration camps of World War II. Haas’ Wind Quintet, Op. 10, is a Modernist masterpiece, deeply influenced by the folk music of his Jewish ancestry. Throughout the performance, members of the quintet will recite from the diary of Petr Ginz, a 14-year-old boy who continued to write stories and draw imaginative landscapes even while living in the darkest circumstances. At age 16, Petr was sent to the gas chambers of Auschwitz.

 

Closing the program is the world-premiere performance of Mexican composer Cristóbal MarYan’s Terezín. Commissioned by the Downwind Quintet, Terezín draws its inspiration from the music of Pavel Haas, and from the haunting poems composed by young children sent to die in Theresienstadt ghetto. This Mexican-Canadian collaboration is made possible by a grant through the Schulich School of Music.

 

“We wanted to use this music not only to commemorate the composers whose lives and work were cut off too soon, but also as a tool to tell a story—Petr’s story,” said Downwind Quintet oboist Carly Gordon. “We hope that the audience will feel connected to Petr, and to children today who continue to suffer around the world.”

 

About the Downwind Quintet:
The Downwind Quintet has brought its high-energy performance style to the Montreal community since its inception only two years ago. Coached by Jean Gaudreault of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal and by noted contemporary music conductor Guillaume Bourgogne, the quintet was honoured as “The Next Generation of Chamber Musicians” in a special recital at Musée McCord, and was selected to perform in a master class with Juno Award–winning clarinetist James Campbell. The Downwind Quintet is especially dedicated to performing and promoting contemporary works for wind quintet, with a core repertoire including music by Luciano Berio, György Ligeti, and Igor Stravinsky, and with two world-premiere performances in their 2016-17 season. With members hailing from Winnipeg, Toronto, South Florida, and as far away as New Zealand, the ensemble brings precision, intimacy, and creative flair to the wind quintet canon.

 

Program Details
Petr’s Moon: A theatre-recital for wind quintet
The Downwind Quintet
Tuesday, April 25, at 8:00 p.m.
Tanna Schulich Hall
527 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montreal, QC H3A 1E3

 

TRADITIONAL Klezmer Dances
HARRIS “Vaygeshray” from Four Laments
HAAS Wind Quintet, Op. 10
SCHULHOFF Divertissement
MORAWETZ Sonata for Oboe & Piano (excerpts)
MARYAN Terezín (world premiere)
Admission is free; no ticket required.

 

FUNDING CREDITS
“Petr’s Moon” is supported by the Schulich School of Music International Grant Competition – Master’s Performance Award.
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PRESS CONTACT MORE INFORMATION
Carly Gordon http://downwindquintet.ca
(561) 350-1177
carly.gordon@mail.mcgill.ca